Shademaster Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis ‘Shademaster’)
The Shademaster Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis ‘Shademaster’) is an almost perfect lawn tree. That’s a big statement, but this is a great tree! The Shademaster grows into the beautiful rounded, open, and airy shape that you expect in a nice lawn tree. Plus your pollinators will seek out the fragrant greenish-yellow flowers in the spring! The leaves are nicely green through the summer, and turn a lovely golden-yellow in the fall!
You’re probably thinking, “That’s pretty normal for a tree”, and you’re right. The Shademaster Honeylocust excels in areas where other trees don’t, though! The leaves are small and the branches are widely spaced. Why is this good? There are a couple of reasons.
First, the tree casts a nice shade for you, but not such a deep shade that the grass or other plantings beneath it can’t grow well. That’s a plus for your lawn! The long odd-pinnately compound leaves are almost fern-like!
Second, when autumn hits and the leaves fall, you’ll see that they are so small they don’t need to be raked! They aren’t big enough to hurt the grass below them.
Thirdly, many types of Honeylocusts have imposing thorns and large seedpods that can be a bit of a disaster to clean up in winter. The Shademaster is both thornless and seedless! There is no mess to clean up! What a great tree.
Finally, Honeylocusts are extremely hardwooded and hold up extremely well from ice storms and wind damage throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 9! You won’t have to worry about this amazing tree falling and wrecking your house or yard!
These are ideal lawn trees that cast light shade over large areas 25 – 40 feet wide when mature. But there is no worry this shade will kill your lawn. Plus being a seedless variety, Shademaster will remain mess free!
This mess-free tree is also perfect for planting near a driveway or paved seating area where the small leaves practically clean themselves up. Shade your backyard entertainment areas or reduce cooling costs in the summer by situating this tree 10-15 feet from your home to block the sun in the summer but let light through in the winter once the deciduous leaves drop.
Just like the Honeylocust trees that are native to America, the Shademaster is very hardy. The Shademaster, though, has been bred to be extra hardy. It isn’t fazed by street or air pollution, salt, soot, compacted soils, or challenging sites. Give it plenty of sunlight and watch this fast-growing tree thrive! Plant Honeylocusts, sometimes spelled Locust trees, in any well-drained soil with regular moisture during their first year. After they are established, Honeylocust only needs supplemental watering during extended periods of drought.
Top the soil with a 3-4 inch thick layer of arborist mulch – especially when planted in the lawn. Create a buffer zone extending 3-4 feet from the trunk to protect the bark from mower and weed-wacker damage. Low-maintenance, a simple pruning if needed can be performed in late winter or early spring.
Practically no maintenance and the perfect amount of shade without harming turfgrass. Plus nice color and form – You want the Shademaster Locust tree for your yard!
|Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis 'Shademaster'
|50 - 75 ft.
|25 - 40 ft.
|Full Sun, Partial Shade
|Medium, then Low